Author Topic: Bait for bobcats?  (Read 4140 times)

Offline 2paranoid

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Bait for bobcats?
« on: July 02, 2013, 09:31:36 PM »
I had a bobcat jump the electric fence into my chicken run tonight. See the full story at http://appliedparanoiablog.com/2013/07/02/priceless/

My thought for deterring the cat on his next visit is to hang some bait on the fence using tinfoil strips. Hopefully he'll pause for a sniff and lick and get a little surprise that'll convince him to shop elsewhere.

So what's a good bait for bobcats? Besides chicken, of course.

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Re: Bait for bobcats?
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013, 10:05:02 PM »
Well, chicken is most any predator's favorite.  But Bobcat will go for rabbit, or most any small animal.  But keep in mind, given the choice of "bait" and your chickens, he/she will probably choose your chickens. 

Have you considered grocery store raw chicken in a trap?  Just having a shock wire will not be a deterrent, only a challenge for a cat (bobcat or coon.)

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Re: Bait for bobcats?
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013, 10:50:44 PM »
TG's right.

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Re: Bait for bobcats?
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2014, 09:34:36 AM »
Heard from neighbor this morning who I had been keeping her horses in my pasture until some friends of hers got them a day ago while we were out. She said that the horses had scratches on them and thinks it is a big "cat".
Do bobcats normally go after horses?
Will see if I can get a game camera.

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Re: Bait for bobcats?
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2014, 09:42:01 AM »
We also found a slaughtered doe in our driveway earlier this year. I had thought at the time that it was the neighbor's dog that has been known to go after does but now not so sure...

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Re: Bait for bobcats?
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2014, 10:38:36 AM »
We had a cougar kill a female alpaca on Thursday afternoon. Z pretty much saw it happen around 2 pm. Found the body today. And yesterday, we are missing "Panda" one of our Shetland ewes who never stays with the flock, also in the afternoon, so we are pretty sure she is a cougar kill too. Since dog hunts for cougar has become illegal, cougar populations have exploded and in our area the USDA cougar catcher is extremely busy.

We are having to keep the sheep in their paddock today and feed out hay, we turned the donkeys out with the sheep for the first time.

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Re: Bait for bobcats?
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2014, 10:39:28 AM »
She said that the horses had scratches on them and thinks it is a big "cat".
Do bobcats normally go after horses?

Cougars do. I have had to help repair a few horses injured by cougars.

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Re: Bait for bobcats?
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2014, 10:57:28 AM »
Thanks cedar. From reading up, it seems a cougar is more likely. Am having the neighbor contact a vet and fish and wildlife. Have seen reports of cougar in our county from a few years ago that killed horses.

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Re: Bait for bobcats?
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2014, 11:13:36 AM »
Bob mice? </rimshot>